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Almost done tweaking the De Rosa.....(26 posts)

Almost done tweaking the De Rosa.....tronracer
Jun 19, 2002 6:40 PM
I think I've done it justice. I kept the ergo handlebars because they're so comfortable vs. a cinelli. I originally wanted a Super Record seatpost to have a matching groupset, but after killing my lower back in a metric century last weekend, I think I'll opt for a titanium seatpost.

Any suggestions on which brand would fit the part?? I need a 27.2. Are the brake levers period correct?
Drilled brake levers picture.....tronracer
Jun 19, 2002 6:43 PM
P.S. I took these pics with my new digital camera. I'm so psyched!!! Olympus C700 with 10x optical zoom and 2.1 megapixels.
It used to look like this....tronracer
Jun 19, 2002 6:47 PM
Yellow water bottle cages and 105 brake levers?!?!? What was he thinking?
very nice indeed.....Spirito
Jun 19, 2002 7:14 PM
congrats' for getting the old brake levers. it brings a lot to the bike. period correct - yep.

bars look fine. whats the black band on the downtube just in front of the shifters? just had me curious...

super record posts - nice looking but would i pay more for one against the current campy Ti - no way. chorus $65 if ya look around. if you plan on selling it stick a super record post in there - otherwise its no biggie style wise and works perfect. (also it doesn't scream "modern")

im glad you kept it and spent some time on it - im sure your a lot more fond of it now. good to see.

actually.... very nice ride ....bello

The black band is....tronracer
Jun 19, 2002 8:57 PM
some electrical tape protecting the frame from the brakes. Thanks for the heads up on the ti seatpost Spirito. Bravo, bravo, ti volio benne!!


I found the site....tronracer
Jun 19, 2002 9:26 PM
where they have a pic of the older De Rosa Molteni style. The retro gallery at campy only.

I'd like to eventually have my bike look like this!!!
re: Almost done tweaking the De Rosa.....merckx56
Jun 20, 2002 5:51 AM
2 questions...
1) wht are the brake cables routed behind the tops of the bars?
2)i have a campy record ti post in 27.2 for sale. $65 plus @ $5 for shipping sound good?
Jun 20, 2002 7:23 AM
I routed the cables myself. Are they no supposed to be routed behind the tops of the bars? I haven't had any problems so far. What year is the record post? Why should I get your post vs a $65 chorus ti post at
I wondered about routing the cables as well...Lone Gunman
Jun 20, 2002 2:11 PM
So I checked a couple of old bike pics racing in the TDF and they routed cables behind the bar. I crossed mine behind the bar at the stem, right to the left side of stem and VSV. As per the pics.
Jun 20, 2002 5:25 PM
normally they should be in front of the bars.
as for the post...if you want to stay in the record family, buy mine, if it doesn't matter to you, get whatever. i just thought i'd offer. the record post i have is from 2000 and was ridden for about a year until i went carbon on both bikes.
He has them correctlyGangsta
Jun 20, 2002 7:36 PM
They are a little long, but they are routed correctly for a bike equipped with non-aero levers. Routing them in front of the bars places too great of a bend on the cables, especially for the rear brake, and the cable for the front brake will bend itself around the bars.
original campy "world logo" SR/NR hoods anyone?Spirito
Jun 20, 2002 8:52 PM
i never feared that they would become extinct and from a message by the guys at renaisance cycles in eindhoven it looks like they will have a few flying around.....if ya need them or want to place an order early now might be a good time..

<< Campy hoods!, Campy hoods!, and more Campy hoods!

Fire of '2000.....Consumed 1,600 pairs of fresh Campy
hoods!!.............All mounted to levers!

Funny thing happened one day!!.............I was walking around in a
basement of one of my suppliers!!
Took a peak into a rim box but nothing there so in trying to move it I
kicked it!!..........F@&^! That hurts,
it didn't move!....................Took another look inside,.......nothing!!
What the hell is going on here!
Reached inside and found a false bottom!!..What was in their....250 pairs NR
levers with old logo hoods!
This do be for reals!..................It's out there, me!

Give me enough time!!.......................And I will find it.

BC...........Feeling a sick thinking about it!............Off to bed
dreaming about brake hoods!!....Now that's sad!

knowing them i dont think they would have mentioned it without a hint as obvious like that. if original is important to you go get for spirito - i never liked them except for white which the purists aren't fans of.

first time...merckx56
Jun 21, 2002 7:23 AM
i've ever seen it and i've been a shop rat/racer/shop employee/ shop manager for going on 20 years! how are you supposed to climb on the tops with the cables there?
Jun 21, 2002 9:22 AM
maybe it is time to move of from shop rat to sentinent being. I'm kidding. I have never worked in a bike shop, but I have been routing non-aero cables like that since 1974. If you go to a website like classic rendezvous that profiles classic bikes and look at the pictures you'll see that it is correct. Either that or we're all wrong and if so, I bow to you. Oh, if the cables are routed correctly, they come down the sides of the stem and are not in your way for using any normal part of the bar.
Hey Gangsta, how funny would it be.........tronracer
Jun 21, 2002 12:20 PM
if this guy has been installing the cables wrong for 20 years? LOL... I can't find one picture of the cables being routed the way he describes.
did some research...merckx56
Jun 22, 2002 5:33 AM
and found a bunch of old pics. all of the cables are indeed run behind the bars! i'm a big enough man to admit I was mistaken! all of the bozoz i've worked for and with were routing them wrong!
it was good enough for eddy.....Spirito
Jun 21, 2002 2:09 PM
Lovely. What year is this bicycle?? nm128
Jun 20, 2002 6:59 AM
Is my mic on?? check. check. check one.... Houston?128
Jun 20, 2002 11:04 AM
at a guess... '85-86 NmSpirito
Jun 20, 2002 11:47 AM
I wish I knew, but I'm not exactly sure....sorry.....tronracer
Jun 20, 2002 12:29 PM
Spirito's prolly right. In 1986 dey came out wit C-reckid, so it can't be any older den dat cause its gots Supa reckid pahts on it.
Jun 20, 2002 12:57 PM
yaw whicked smaht! :)
re: Almost done tweaking the De Rosa.....Gangsta
Jun 20, 2002 7:34 AM
Change the tires, red Specialized turbos should not be on this bike. Ditch the flite and get a saddle from the same era or a regal is always nice. Do something about your computer wire routing, it looks very sloppy or better yet ditch it completely. Change those horrid red derailleur pulleys for the proper campys. A Ti seatpost will do nothing to solve your back pain problem and that AC post looks out of place on the bike. The SR would be a good choice.
I somewhat agree....tronracer
Jun 20, 2002 8:00 AM
The tires are kenda concepts. I'll ride them till they are dead, then I'm getting black on black continental gp3000. The saddle is comfy, but I'd like a turbo. Derailleur pulleys, ugly? Yep, gonna swap them with another busted derailleur I got at a swap for $2. I just haven't gotten around to it yet. As for my back and neck problems, the bike might need a longer stem? I think the guy I bought it from was a bit shorter than me. The comp wire can be tighter wound.
Great job.... Here's how I keep my white bar tape cleanDave Hickey
Jun 20, 2002 7:41 AM
I have two bikes with white bar tape. I've been using glass cleaner towelettes that come in plastic container. After every ride, I take a sheet and clean off the dirt. I'm using Cinelli white tape and it's been on for 4 months and still look's great.
Nice bike, if it was mine.unchained
Jun 21, 2002 10:37 PM
Here's what I would do:

1. Put a Super Record Seatpost on it. They show up on eBay all the time.

2. San Marco Rolls or Regal seat. Tried a Turbo once, that would be OK too but the Rolls really adds an elegant, classic touch.

3. Dump the computer. It clutters up the bike and makes riding more complicated and less enjoyable.

4. Buy some Cinelli 64/65 or 66 bars while you can still find them. Tilt them up slightly so they fit your hand better. You went through the trouble of putting the correct levers on it, now the handlebars are a sore spot. I would set the bars lower and ride on the hoods. Thats what the people who ride bikes for a living do. It is more comfortable than using the drops.

5. Some Red Look pedals would add alot.